Published: Monday, Dec. 6 2010 12:00 a.m. MST
LeBron's childish, in-your-face departure from the Cleveland Caveliers was what
prompted the Cleveland fans negative reaction to his return last week. Under
the circumstances, the fans were quite well behaved. Had LeBron simply signed a
contract with Miami and said goodbye to the Cleveland fans with thanks and
gratitude for their years of support, none of this would have occurred. His
pompous attitude, and that of his new teammate Dwyane Wade, coupled with their
mediocre performance to date despite guarantees of success, only added fuel to
the fire. Whatever disdain LeBron experiences for the rest of his career was
caused by his own actions and attitudes. And by the way, LeBron has NO CHANCE
of ever achieving Michael Jordan status in the NBA since he decided he could
never win a championship on his own but needed the help of another top achiever.
Jordan made his teammates better. LeBron is only interested in himself.
He's playing and doing fine. Big whoop.
Comparing Karl Malone to Lebron is a weak argument.Lebron is much
much MUCH more famous. Lebron didn't have Stockton. Lebron is from Cleveland,
while Malone wasn't. And Lebron promised to not quit until he brought a
championship trophy to that state. Oh, and Karl Malone also didn't
leave in his prime after the team had committed themselves to winning with him
to only embarrass the Utah Jazz on national TV. When Karl Malone
left, he was on his last leg of his career, Stockton was retiring, and the Utah
Jazz themselves, were eager to move in a different direction. Malone's departure
was subtle and expected. He was classy and expressed gratitude. Lebron meanwhile, left on national tv. He embarrassed Cleveland fans and
angered most basketball fans with that ridiculous show, THE DECISION. Lebron can be booed. People paid over 100+ bucks for their ticket. They have a
right to boo and cheer who they want. Threats aren't needed, but are completely
understandable. Comparing Lebron and Malone is a completely ignorant
stretch for a Lebron apologist. There aren't many similarities in the way they
LB is no MJ. The problem is that LB represents all of the greed that pervades
the NBA. That is why people don't like him.
It wasn't WHAT he did, it's HOW he did it. LeBron grew up in that area. The
Cavs and their fans found out what was going on the same time as the rest of the
world...except for the Heat. The Heat were the only ones who knew he was
coming. If James had told the Cavalier administration that he was leaving,
okay, that's fine. But to do it in such a tasteless manner, that's just not
Labron can't have it both ways. For 7 years he was worshipped in Cleveland. If
he is capable of such high praise, he must also be capable of such loathing and
scorn. The WAY he made his DECISION, was an arrogant, narcissistic
moment of self worship at the EXPENSE of Cleveland. It was a slap in the face.
He earned their scorn. But he had the right to leave. Others out side of Cleveland do not like that his move destroys competition in
the NBA. If Miami, Boston, LA, and New York all get 3 superstars, what's left in
the NBA?If you go play a pickup game at the court and one team is
winning 30-10, you switch up the teams. The fact that Labron is loading up one
team, shows what a weak competitor he is. And he lost all respect I had for him.
Let me just add to that.....Who cares?
I saw no violence or anything approaching it.You are allowed to boo
(unless you at a BYU game)Any anger the fans may have should be directed
at the Cavs owner.LeBron played out his contract...he met his
obligation. The owner is a fool for thinking that LeBron could win a title
alone. For 7 years that team treaded water and go noplace.LeBron might
have exited awkwardly, but his owner is at fault here, not LJ.
Usually when a player leaves town... it's just business. But SOMETIMES... due
to special circumstances it becomes personal.In Labron's case it
became VERY personal.Same with Fisher's exit from Utah (where he
wasn't traded... he SAID he needed to "Retire" from the NBA, so we let
him out of his contract... just to see him sign with the Lakers days later).
Thus the "BOOOOOOOHHHs" when he comes back to SLC.Things
like... Labron's "Cleaveland's not good enough for me" special
broadcast, dirty_deals (Fisher), dishing dirt on the fans, coach or team on the
way out, etc... cause fan anger.Until fans get it out of their
system the anger will remain. My advice to Labron... Just hang tough
and let it run off your back the next few times you go to Cleveland, and
EVENTUALLY... they will get it out of their system and be able to get on their
lives.However just insisting fans not_express_their_anger and keep
it inside... will just cause it to boil and fester for YEARS.Just
keeping a lid on it isn't the solution. Get it out or your system! Then GET
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